The classic cheese ball revisited
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With the holidays right around the corner, we dipped into our holiday entertaining arsenal to rethink the kitschy--yet lovable--party staple: the cheese ball. We combined cream cheese, sharp cheddar and just a bit of blue, but you can substitute any combination of mild and sharp cheeses. Finely chopped pickled peppadew peppers pack a pimento cheese-style twang and a hint of festive color. Pair with water crackers and cross one more item from your holiday party to-do list. For even more cheese ball action, click here to view a step-by-step cheese ball-making video from Tasting Table and our television partner, Plum TV.
Pickled Pepper Cheese Ball
Yield: Serves 12
Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 2 hours for chilling)
8-ounce package of cream cheese, at room temperature
1½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
¼ cup crumbled mild blue cheese (such as Maytag Blue)
¾ cup finely chopped pickled peppers (such as peppadew peppers)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1½ cups walnuts
Crackers for serving (water crackers)